I believe that Jazz music is one of the most powerful tools in history for unifying our world’s social and cultural community. Born in the North American community and accepting of all societal participation, Jazz is the confluence of two mainstream cultures in our modern society. Rhythm language, which is an African tradition, speaks directly to the soul of us all and is meticulously blended with the European art of song form and melody. A more accurate name description for Jazz is Spontaneous Composition Performance Music.
Professor Steve Kirby, Jazz Program Director
The Bachelor of Jazz Studies program at The Desautels Faculty of Music is designed to provide a broad and comprehensive study of jazz performance, jazz composition and arranging as they have developed over the past century. It also provides strong training in jazz history, theory, and pedagogy.
The Bachelor of Jazz Studies program address's the four disciplines that jazz musicians must cultivate in order to succeed in today’s musical society: performance, composition, arranging, and pedagogy. A student graduating with a Jazz Studies Degree from The University of Manitoba will be equipped to enter the field of jazz in any one, or combination, of these areas. Our program has received high praise from jazz luminaries in in the fields of performance and education (see Curriculum page for more details)
Graduates of our program are going on to success in performance and education, please view Alumni News pages for news on Curtis Nowosad, Luke Sellick, Will Bonness, Laurent Roy, Amber Epp, Erin Propp, Karl Kohut and Heitha Forsyth.
Jazz Alumni Allstar Performance November 2012: Will Bonness - 2007, Karl Kohut - 2009, Neil Watson - 2009, Lucas Sader - 2013, Heitha Forsyth - 2008, Curtis Nowosad - 2011, Simon Christie - 2011
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Thanks to the Faculty of Music's jazz program, marquee jazz musicians now regularly come to Winnipeg to perform and teach, putting the city on the international jazz map. Steve Kirby, Director of Jazz Studies, and his colleagues Quincy Davis (drums), Derrick Gardner (trumpet), Will Bonness (piano), Larry Roy (guitar) and Anna-Lisa Kirby (voice) and now the newest member of our jazz faculty, Jon Gordon, have collaborated with the finest artists on the international jazz scene and brought renewed energy to Winnipeg's jazz culture.
U of M Jazz Faculty performance @ Jazz Education Network 2013: Craig Bailey, Will Bonness, Anna-Lisa Kirby, Derrick Gardner, Steve Kirby, Larry Roy and Quincy Davis
The Jazz Studies Program has created numerous jazz outreach and community initiatives that now have become opportunites for it's students to perform and educate while building further on Winnipeg's Jazz Community.
These initiatives include:
The Cool Wednesday Night Hang: Now in it's 9th year, The Hang is a New York style jam session that is run by Steve Kirby and the Desautels jazz faculty members. Every Wednesday night the jazz faculty, students and community players come together to play jazz or as Professor Kirby calls it, "composition at the speed of conversation" at The Orbit Room. It's a unique opportunity for the students to not only get to share the bandstand with their world class instructors but also for them to work out the information they are learning in their classes as part of the jazz curriculum.
The Cool Wednesday Night Hang - Lary Roy, Amber Epp, Marcus Printup, Steve Kirby & Will Bonness
The University of Manitoba Small Jazz Ensembles: are led by all of the jazz faculty members. The ensembles get numerous opportunites to perform all year long. In addition to credit performances at The Cool Wednesday Night Hang and Mardi Jazz twice per semester. Student Jazz ensembles get the opportunity to perform opening sets for the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances and appearances in local high schools throughout the year.
If you have any questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator at (204) 474-6728 or by email.